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About the Header Image: Idlebrook Wendy Darling Evensen "Wendy" one of our three Labrador Retrievers.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Sleepy Time Guy

 Good morning,

Mr. Erik was quite comfy all curled up under a blanket near our chairs.  I think his old joints appreciate the warmth of a blanket as much as ours do.

What a sweetheart.  He is the most loving, gentle soul, even though we can tell he is stiff and sore with age.  We give him medications from the vet that seem to help.

Sweet dreams, Mr. Erik,


Mom and Dad

Monday, December 5, 2022

New Toy!

 Good morning,

From My Honey I received an air fryer for my birthday.  I got it early so have used it already and we love it!

Pork steaks, chicken thighs, potatoes....  They're all terrific when prepared in this.

I'm experimenting with different types of food and seasonings.

Thanks, Sweetie, this is a really FUN gift!

Love you,


Sunday, December 4, 2022



 Good morning,

Here comes the snow.  On the right is our bird house that we can watch from our living room.  There's a camera in there that sends us close-up images of visitors. 

I took this image of the back yard through a clear section of our leaded glass in our hallway.
When we had this window made, we had two little sections made with clear glass so we could have a view of the back yard.  We're so very glad we did that!  

This window replaces on that was removed by a previous owner.  We are sorry we don't have an image or description of the window that was removed, but we could see the brackets for it so knew it was there.  When we moved in, there was frosted (bathroom type!) glass in this window.  It provided light, but had no personality at all.

All the best,


Saturday, December 3, 2022


 Good morning,

These are berries on our ground cover that has left the ground and covers an old tree stump.

Mother Nature's beauty.



Friday, December 2, 2022

Picnic in the Rain

 Good morning,

Our sweet little birds enjoy the food we provide in our bird feeder outside our living room doors.  Sometimes they take it to the porch for a picnic.




Thursday, December 1, 2022

It's That time of the Year

 Good morning,

It's that time of the year to enjoy our fireplace.  There is just nothing like the warmth of a cracking fire when it is cold outside.

Happy December!  (And, for our friends Down Under, Happy Spring!)


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Evening Sky

 Good morning,

This gorgeous sky greeted me when I stepped out of our back door.